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Birthplace of the skyscraper, McDonalds restaurants, ice cream sundaes and Oreo cookies, Illinois is an interesting place full of historyboth profound and whimsical, making it a fascinating place for those seeking apartment rentals in this great state. Illinois is the heart of America both geographically and culturally. At the geographic center of the country, Illinois acts as a transportation hub connection the north and south, east and west. Big cities and small towns, quiet farms and heavy industry are all important parts of this microcosm of America.

What to Expect

The state's plentiful, rich land and long growing season make agriculture and important component of the economy. Illinois produces soybeans, corn, hogs, cattle, wheat, oats, sorghum and hay. Other industries include manufacturing, coal mining, agriculture and oil production. chicago, the state's largest city amany times over, is an iron and steel producer, meat packer, grain exchange and railroad center. Chicago is also famous as a Great Lakes port.

Even if this is the first you've heard of facts like these about Illinois, something you're likely to be more familiar with is the state's famous sports teams. Illinois is home to the Chicago Bears football team, Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, Chicago Bulls basketball team, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Whitesox baseball teams and the Chicago Fire soccer team. It goes without saying that Illinoisans like their professional sports.

Where to Explore

With a population of nearly 12.5 million, Illinois is home to a diverse collection of communities from busy cities to small towns, with plenty of apartments available for you to explore. With its charming Victorian-era villages, sprawling middle-America suburbs, quaint farming towns and fast-paced cities, Illinois offers the best of American life. All you need to do is choose which lifestyle suits you best and then start checking out the apartment rentals in that area!

Chicago Apartments

With a population of 2.8 million, Chicago is the nation's third largest city. Its culture is famous around the world; Chicago's architecture, historical sites, vibrant neighborhoods and love of deep-dish pizza inspire and delight residents and visitors alike. chicago's most identifiable claim to fame may be its famously modern architecture. It is the birthplace of the skyscraper, and its architects have initiated international architectural styles and movements, the most notable being the Chicago School and the Prairie School. When looking for apartments for rent, consider the diverse communities that give Chicago its rich tradition as an international city. From China Town to Little Italy, Greektown to Old Town (which enchants visitors with its Victorian architecture), the choice of apartment rentals are limitless. But they're not necessarily cheap; average apartments in Chicago go for just over $1,000 a month, with utilities costing an average of $86.

Springfield Apartments

Brimming with small-town friendliness (it has less than 5% the population of Chicago!) Springfield manages to maintain its neighborly charm while acting as a hub of government, business and the arts. The city is especially proud of the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, which presents the world's largest collection of documentary material related to Lincoln's life. Apartment rentals are very reasonably priced, with rents starting at just $300-$400. Even the nicest apartments for rent rarely go about $1,000.

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